This Iced Gluten-Free Lemon Pound Cake recipe is made with almond flour, white rice flour, and fresh lemon juice, with an easy lemon icing. Better than Starbucks! Plus, completely dairy-free.
You know those times when you are in line at Starbucks and everything in the pastry case is screaming your name? Particularly the iced lemon pound cake? Yeah, me too.
And adding insult to injury, you're gluten-free and can't actually have anything in the pastry case anyways. Wah wah.
Well, I haven't solved the whole pastry case situation, but my lemon blueberry scones and lemon biscotti have made a dent. Now, gluten-free iced lemon pound cake can be checked off the list.
It's a moist, buttery, and lemon-infused cake you can make at home with little effort, with a glaze that will have you closing your eyes with each bite. (That might just be me).
With almond flour for its buttery-like crumb and white rice flour and cornstarch for that pound cake texture, you can sink your teeth into this sweetly tart slice.
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Gluten-Free Iced Lemon Pound Cake (Dairy-Free)
- 12 tablespoons vegan butter (or unsalted butter if not dairy-free)
- 1 cup organic cane sugar 210 g
- 4 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
- zest of one lemon
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups almond flour 161 g
- ¼ cup white rice flour 43 g
- ¼ cup cornstarch 36 g
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ cups organic powdered sugar
- 3-4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon lemon zest (reserved from cake)
- ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a loaf pan (8x4x2) with cooking spray and line with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, add butter and cane sugar. Using an electric mixer, beat on medium-high until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, followed by lemon juice, all the zest except ½ a teaspoon, and vanilla extract. Mix to combine.
- Add the almond flour, white rice flour, cornstarch, and salt. Mix until evenly incorporated. Transfer batter to prepared pan. Smooth so that it lays evenly. Bake for 50-55 minutes, or until a toothpick or fork come out clean.
- Allow cake to cool completely on a wire rack.
- When cake has cooled, combine lemon glaze ingredients and stir with a spoon. You want the glaze to be thick but pourable. If needed, add more lemon juice a teaspoon at a time. Remove cake from pan, pour glaze over top, smooth to cover. Allow to set and harden at room temperature.
- Slice and serve.
Hi Tessa, is no baking powder necessary ?
Hi Anita! No baking powder needed here. The eggs and the density of the pound cake make it work without it.
This was exceptional!! I have been looking for a gluten free and dairy free cake. The taste was great! It didn’t taste like you were eating something that was not as good as it’s gluten filled counterpart. It tasted like an exceptional treat. No one knew it was gluten free and dairy free! I look forward to trying your other recipes
Thank you, Kristie! I'm so glad you enjoyed it! :)
HI! Is it needed to sift all the flours?
Hi! Just a good whisking should be just fine.
We tried this recipe yesterday, instead of almond flour, we used same amount of all purpose flour and reduced an egg & arrowroot starch instead of cornstarch, anyway, the cake turned out yummy. Thank you for sharing this recipe.
That's great! Thank you, Lino!
Just baked the lemon pound cake and it is delicious! Thanks for the recipe. It’s a keeper for sure. Can’t wait to try your other recipes.
Thank you, Jennifer!! I hope you find some others you love.
Love this! I love the healthy substitutions you used in this like almond flour instead of all purpose flour!
Thanks, Angela! Almond flour is certainly a favorite of mine in gluten-free baking.
hey! one quick question: can i prepare the cake without the tapioca starch?
Hey Marlene! This recipe doesn't call for tapioca starch, but if you meant the cornstarch, it is needed for the pound cake. You can though, sub the cornstarch with the same amount of arrowroot starch if needed. I hope that helps!
This lemon cake looks incredible! I love that you used almond flour, and that lemon glaze on top.....seriously wow!!!
Thanks, Albert! I could probably eat the glaze all by itself! ;) Almond flour gives the cake a nice buttery crumb - hope you have a chance to try it.
I wrote down a few recipes for me to make!They sound wonderfull & I'm sure delicious also! Thank you so much! I don't have a sweet tooth but once in awhile love to have yummy something with my tea & offer to friends! I don't like store bought baking never tastes homemade like my Mom used to bake! Thank you again!
Thank you, Isabelle! I'm so glad you found some other recipes that looked good to you too! :) I agree, having something homemade always trumps store-bought. Thank you for you kind words!